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By Andi Bourne

USFS Releases Florence Fire Tree Strike Fatality Analysis


Tom Newpower

The Florence Lake Fire Wednesday morning around 11 a.m. Pilot Scott Newpower submitted the photo taken by his son Tom.

SEELEY LAKE – The U.S. Forest Service released the Facilitated Learning Analysis for 19-year-old firefighter Trenton Johnson who lost his life when hit by a falling snag on the Florence Fire near Seeley Lake July 19, 2017. Johnson was a first-year firefighter with the 10-person module from the Missoula-based Grayback Forestry, Inc.'s 20-person Type 2 Initial Attack crew.

The report spells out in detail the events leading up to and following the accident. Based on training records provided from all agencies involved, the personnel dispatched to the Florence Fire were qualified in the posi...

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